Ronnie Hakim: MTA Managing Director, ITS NJ Hall of Fame Member, Looks at Technology from Both Sides of Hudson

At ITS New Jersey‘s annual meeting in September, Veronique (Ronnie) Hakim, Managing Director of the MTA, was inducted into the organization’s hall of fame. Hakim, who served the Garden State for six years as executive director of NJ Transit and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, has had a unique opportunity to see the bi-state transportation network from three of the largest transportation agencies in the US. She spoke with Transportation Radio about what she learned during her time in New Jersey, especially from a technology perspective.

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Smart Communities with Peter Koonce, City of Portland, Oregon

In the fourth episode of the ITE Talks Transportation smart communities series, Peter Koonce, PE, manager of the Signals, Street Lighting and ITS Division, of the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, discusses some of the ways that Portland is a smart community, such as through its regional approach to traffic signal systems.

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How Do You Bring 21st Century Communications Technology to a 100+ Year Old Transit System?

When the New York City subway opened in 1904 even H.G. Wells probably didn’t envision the types of communications we take for granted today. Transit Wireless took on the challenge of making it possible to use cellphones in underground subway stations. Not only is cell service now available, but Wi-Fi and public safety radios also work in underground stations.

Bill Bayne is the CEO of Transit Wireless and we spoke about what the company is doing and some of the challenges they faced in making it operational.

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Bill Bayne

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Karina Ricks, Director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, Talks Smart Communities

The second episode in the ITE Talks Transportation podcast series on smart communities showcases what is happening in Pittsburgh. Karina Ricks, who was appointed as the city’s first director of the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure in May, discusses initiatives the city has with Uber, Carnegie Mellon University and Google, among others.

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ITE Talks Transportation: Vik Bhide on Smart Communities

Vik Bhide, chief traffic management engineer for the City of Tampa, Transportation & Stormwater Services, is a regional subject matter expert in Smart Communities planning and deploying urban mobility solutions. He chairs the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee. Vik also leads Tampa’s Smart Cities Program. Vik has been instrumental in program development, design, and deployment of Advanced Traffic Management Systems for most of the municipalities in the Tampa Bay region. He is a key member of the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot team, the Marion Transit Way Autonomous Shuttle Service project, and the Smart Lighting project.

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Former Florida Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad on Infrastructure

For nearly four years Ananth Prasad served as Florida’s Secretary of Transportation. More recently, he’s been a senior vice president and National Transportation Practice Leader at HNTB. At the end of 2016 he wrote an op-ed piece on investing in the nation’s infrastructure. Five months into the Trump Administration he talked with Transportation Radio about where things now stand and some factors to consider on how to allocate that money.

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Ananth Prasad, PE

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